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    On the trail

    In Montana: Brian Schweitzer vs. Conrad Burns, and race for Rick Hill's seat; Idaho's boring election; in Washington, Deborah Senn and Maria Cantwell fight for Slade Gorton's seat; Oregon's Measure 7 is about "takings."

  • News

    Can 'property rightsniks' stop a popular bill?

    The Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which would guarantee permanent funding for 15 years for buying land for conservation, has broad support but still faces an interesting dance through a complicated Congress.

  • News

    The U.S. isn't dead yet

    Despite all the anti-federal talk, especially in the West, the government is still in place, and still trying to do its job.

  • Essays

    Learning to think like a region

    As regionalism grows, Westerners find that environmental issues have less and less to do with political boundaries.

  • Essays

    In search of a politics of union

    In the West, a search for the politics of union is threatened by runaway litigation and advocacy groups that refuse to compromise.

  • Essays

    Notes from a fence-sitter

    An environmentalist with a Wyoming ranching background tries to find common ground between greens and cowboys who both love the land.

  • Essays

    The West's power game

    In the changing political and socio-economic realities of the West, different groups need to learn to listen to each other.

  • Feature

    Beyond the Revolution

    In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.

  • Book Reviews

    Goose eggs in Congress

    The League of Conservation Voters gives most Western congress people a poor grade on environmental issues.

  • Uncommon Westerners

    Montana loses an environmental leader

    Montana State Rep. Ben Cohen, environmentalist, garbageman, actor and outdoorsman, is mourned in Whitefish, Mont.

  • News

    How green is your politico?

    In Washington state, TV commercials use Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," to inform voters about how candidates up for re-election have voted on green issues.

  • News

    Battling over the bottom line

    Environmentalists win more than they lose as the battle over the budget finally reaches a truce in Congress.

  • News

    In this election, the West is lost

    Western issues and environmental issues in general don't seem to be visible on the political screen in Washington, D.C., even as the presidential race heats up.

  • News

    In Washington, the emperor is on Babbitt's side

    In Washington, D.C., Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt battles Western Republicans over the use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to preserve Western land for the public.

  • Feature

    A new road for the public lands

    President Clinton and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt have a new strategy for protecting and managing the public lands, encouraging citizens and politicans to implement national conservation values in a regional and local way.

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